Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to criticise the performance of Ainsley Maitland-Niles after a shock 2-1 loss against Bournemouth.
Arsenal are in disarray on and off the pitch at the moment.
They haven’t won the in the Premier League since December 28, with a disappointing draw with West Brom and a draw with Chelsea coming ahead of today’s game.
Off the pitch the Alexis Sanchez saga looks like it’s finally coming to an end with Manchester United and Manchester City vying for his signature.
Maitland-Niles has enjoyed a breakthrough into the first team this season, after the 20-year-old made a couple of cameo appearances in previous seasons.
But, while the youngster has looked calm, composed and impressive – and nearly added a crucial goal today after his curling shot cannoned off the bar – Arsenal fans are concerned that he’s playing at left-back, with Sead Kolasinac on the bench.
They think the midfielder was culpable for one of the Bournemouth goals today but admit it’s not necessarily his fault with Wenger playing him out of position.
Here are the best tweets from Arsenal fans:
Maitland-Niles looks very poor defending in 1v1 situations. Struggled in almost every duel since he's been in the team. Always a bad sign for a full back.
— DG (@DefensiveGenius) January 14, 2018
What I can’t understand is why Kolasinac is still relegated to the bench when he is fit. The best LB from the Bundesliga last season and we persist with fragile wingbacks. I like Maitland-Niles but surely with Monreal’s absence a seasoned player has to be first on the team sheet?
— Krautie (@Krautie) January 14, 2018
Wenger still doesn't get it woth walcott. Maitland niles playong while Kolinisac benched. Iwobi? No spine in midfield. Wengers last season.
— GOONA-amarvilk$ (@amarvilks) January 14, 2018
— Corné (@henq68) January 14, 2018
He would constantly play youth players out of position e.g Ramsey at the time, was played out wide. Maitland Niles is a midfielder playing left back whilst the best left back in the Bundesliga has been on the bench. Why? Wenger trusts a rookie out of position more.
— Taku Cube Kudenga (@TakuK96) January 14, 2018
I will never understand why Arsene keeps benching Kolasinac, for Maitland Niles. Oh Arsene! @Arsenal
— Douglas Daniels A. (@d2ata) January 14, 2018
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is not a LB, but my manager is mad. Playing a midfielder at LB when a natural LB is on the bench.
— Somtochukwu Mbah (@SomtoMbah) January 14, 2018
Holding and Maitland Niles today ????????
— 9️⃣ ???????? (@LacaBeast) January 14, 2018
#Arsenal is finished!!! The lowest the club has been in the past 15yrs! Why wouldn't Sanchez & Ozil not want out after such woeful team display? Ball fighters like Gabrielle & Coquelin are sold, while Maitland-Niles benches Kolasinic. #WengerOut #BOUARS
— Mfon Dickson (@MfnDxn) January 14, 2018
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